As developments in the Taylor corruption case have continued over the past two months, so has the investigation surrounding the federal inquiry.
According to a 7 Action News report, investigators in the case have extended their interest beyond the town of Taylor and into neighboring Romulus.
The report says that in June, Romulus officials were tasked with providing documents on its foreclosed home rehabilitation program that conducted business with Realty Transition, a company owned by area real estate mogul Shady. Awad.
Awad is part of a corruption case that also targets businessmen Hadir Altoon and Jeffrey Baum, with Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars as the centerpiece of it all.
The men were charged in 2019.
Awad recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe, taking the step on October 22.
Sollars continues to claim his innocence and is set to stand trial in January in a federal indictment of 33 counts of bribery and wire fraud.
All the other defendants have now pleaded guilty.
In Awad’s case, he said he was given preferential access to foreclosed homes from Taylor in exchange for showering Sollars with cash bribes and various upgrades to his vacation home. .
A summons to appear before a federal grand jury has been issued to obtain the information from Romulus, according to the report.
Romulus moved forward with the company to rehabilitate its foreclosed homes in 2018, despite not being the highest-rated proposal for the job, according to the report.